Swithering » swither (Scots), v.: to be uncertain, in two minds, to doubt, waver, or dither.

28 Books for Spring

June 1, 2023 | No Comments

June 1st is bustin’ out all over, and I’m back at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in beautiful County Monaghan, in the Republic of Ireland, having first visited here over seven years ago. I’m attempting to catch up on several months’ (years’) worth of creative moodling, paddling a meandering course back to a very soggy, tatty page. And finally I’ve found time to post the complete list of 28 spring book suggestions I shared on Instagram. No matter if your taste has dissolved into delicious summer, you can read these whenever. …

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The Reading Life: 2022

December 31, 2022 | No Comments

Another year of muddling through despite cancelled travel plans and brushes with the plague. We’ve been and remain much luckier than most given the war in the Ukraine, the UK’s…

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The Reading Life: 2021

December 10, 2022 | No Comments

I was already compiling my booklist from 2022 when I realised I had forgotten to post this list from 2021 due to… well, who knows what? Apathy? Melancholy? Forgetfulness? Rage?…

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Eerie Reads

November 3, 2021 | No Comments

This past October, I recommended some eerie books––one per day, in the hope of getting everyone in a heebie-jeebie frame of mind, and distract us from the dire news cycle.…

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The Reading Life: 2020

April 21, 2021 | No Comments

2020, what a year. I’m going to go with the old maxim, ‘if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all,’ and simply share my year’s reading. Four months…

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